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Are we still in this?

We just passed Toronto and Buffalo with this win and are now 4 points out from the Jets who are in the 8th place....

Holy shit we're still in a playoff race.

Oh and the Leafs just fired their coach. And hired Randy Carlyle. Jesus. What a world we live in.

So the Lightning played well tonight. Actually they outplayed the shit out of the Rangers tonight.

lightning_march2_rangers.jpgStamkos scores his 45th of the season

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Recap after the jump...
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Let's bullet-point recap because it's Friday and I'm lazy
  • They outshot the Rangers 31 to 19
  • Stamkos scored a sick goal
  • He now has 45 goals to his name
  • It was a sell-out tonight at the Forum
  • Purcell scored his 18th of the season. He's really stepped up his game over the last 2 weeks when all of the roster shuffling started to occur which is really encouraging to see
  • Purcell is on an 8 game point streak. Of course he's had help from Stamkos and St. Louis and also because Lecavalier is out with injury
  • Two games so far, but I'm encouraged by Brian Lee. He had two assist tonight
  • Keith Aulie...has not been encouraging. According to Erlendsson's twitter, he took 2 shifts in the 3rd and finished with 10:39 in ice time
  • Lundqvist had a huge save on Brett Connolly in the 3rd
  • Connolly has looked better tonight than he's looked in a long time
  • Doesn't show up on the scoresheet often, but Nate Thompson, what a player
  • After getting benched in the game against Carolina, of course it was Brandon Dubinsky to tie up the game
  • Nice pass from Purcell but Ryan Malone was such a beast in the OT ending the game with his wrister

Want to read what the other guys are saying? Here is the New York Rangers Blog's recap and Scott Hockey's recap, spoiler: they weren't impressed.

And just to make today better, the Caps lost 5-0 to New Jersey. Hilarious.

Here's Malone's OT winner: